How to be a UK Sponsor

“Businesses that hold sponsor licences report a number of benefits. Key among these is very high retention rates. Although sponsored workers can change employees, the fact that a visa application is required could potentially act as a disincentive.”

– Gurgit Pall, Thornton’s legal director.

To solve the problem of staff recruitment, get a UK Sponsorship Licence and recruit from us. You can get qualified experienced care staff and nurses, ready to work in as soon as 4 weeks. Ok, you have to jump through a few hoops, but once done, recruitment could not be simpler.

For non-UK Sponsors

1. You first need to get a UK Sponsorship Licence.

2. Only a company can apply – not an individual wanting home care.

3. This can take 8 to 12weeks, but once you have it a defined certificate of sponsorship can be produced within 1 day. Alternatively use a Fast Track system and by paying an extra fee of £500, this can be done within 2 weeks.

4. Follow the steps at  Or alternatively, hire our Immigration lawyer to submit your application for you for a one-off nominal fee. If you do it yourself and get it wrong you cannot reapply for 6 months. Use our Immigration lawyer.

5. Simply put you need to provide at least 4 documents, one of which is your Care Quality Commission report.

6. You are defined as a “small sponsor” if you comply with 2 of the following:-

    • your annual turnover is £10.2 million or less
    • your total assets are worth £5.1 million or less
    • you have 50 employees or fewer

then the current fee is only £536 for a 3-year licence. A “large sponsor” pays £1,476.

7. The cost of issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship is £239.

8. With a UK Sponsorship Licence comes responsibilities but they are straightforward and understandable. You need to use their Sponsorship Management System to record attendance and pay, and any changes of pay, duties, location, dismissal and departure from the company. Read the full guidance at

9. There is always help at hand with your application.

Sponsorship, employer and education helpline:

Telephone: 0300 123 4699
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Business Helpdesk

Disclaimer: Overseas Healthcare Recruitment Ltd is not responsible for any loss from any action or non-action taken as a result of the information provided above. It is for general informational purposes only and does not substitute legal advice.

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